Bill Condon to Direct Live Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Director Bill Condon has signed to direct a live action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

CondonThe news comes on the heels of Disney's latest live-action success, Maleficent, which hit theaters May 28. The film, starring Angelina Jolie, topped the box office its opening weekend, earning north of $170 million worldwide…

…The animated Beauty and the Beast film opened in theaters in 1991, and went on to earn $425 million worldwide.

Condon, whose name had been circling the Beauty and the Beast project for several months, directed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and most recently helmed The Fifth Estate.


  1. Chris says

    I am not even going to argue the merits of a live action Beauty and the Beast…but this guy directed two Twilight movies, two truly awful movies. Bad CGI, bad acting, just terrible. Why would anyone trust this guy with a Disney movie?

  2. says

    Disney furthered its reputation with animated versions of fairy tales that were de-Grimmed & de-sexualized but defined the standard for animation for decades (Snow White is still a hand-painted wonder to watch). It’s no surprise the studio is retooling their own vault of $tories. Some will work and some I’ll see.

    In the case of Condon, my reply is: Cocteau. La Belle et Le Bete is sixty-five years old and still a beauty to behold.

  3. anon says

    I’m assuming they’ll get some super-hunk to play the part of the “beast” so that he’s actually not all that beastly. At most, it will be “Beauty and the Mild but Super-Handsome Prick”.

  4. Zlick says

    So I assume this will continue the absurd topsy-turvy trend where Belle will be a domineering C-word and the Beast will be an unrepentant man-eating monster. Gaston, of course, will be a kind, generous, humble man.

    After this production, “URSULA” starring Kathleen Turner as the world’s sweetest, most misunderstood squid. No make-up needed. And she’s already got the voice.

  5. jarago says

    Cocteau’s film is a masterpiece of fantasy film making- it’s beautiful handcrafted effects are still better than most of today’s over done CGI-.

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